Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said goodbye to longtime teammate Amari Cooper on Monday. He reportedly has work to do to repair his relationship with the players who still are in Oakland.
Carr has "a factured relationship" with his Raiders teammates, according to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. Citing team sources, Thompson wrote Monday that Raiders players no longer have confidence in Carr, partly because of how he reacted to an injury.
"It certainly didn’t help when film showed what looked like him crying after being sacked and injuring his arm," Thompson wrote. "They saw his face. They heard his whimper. They witnessed him explain on the sidelines. They assuredly watched it again in film session. It’s hard to see how Carr can lead this team again."
Carr was sacked six times and hit 10 times in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Carr appeared to injure his left arm, but Gruden told reporters in London that he believed the QB would be fine.
Carr is in the second year of a five-year contract that he signed with the Raiders a year ago. As NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair noted Monday, the Raiders can get out of Carr's contract for $7.5 million in dead money next year if they choose to cut him.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie sent mixed messages about whether or not anyone else is available ahead of the Oct. 30 NFL trade deadline. If Carr's not traded, that could make for an awkward Halloween in Alameda.